Nashville 2008:08

Nashville 2008:08

September 8, 2008

BRANCH PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

By Mike Montgomery

The Nashville Branch had a combination membership meeting and SAG 75th anniversary party at Watkins Film School on Saturday, June 21. The meeting was very well attended, and it was wonderful to see so many new faces, both new members and transfers from other Branches. Welcome y’all! Nominations were taken for local Branch officers and for seats on the council, followed by a spirited discussion of both local and national issues currently facing our membership. It’s very encouraging to watch members become engaged and participate in the union process. Thank you for your passion.

Then, we PARTIED! We were joined by local casting directors, agents and other industry professionals as we ate, drank, and made merry. Door prizes and goody bags rained down upon us from all directions and everyone left full, happy, and holding something with a SAG logo and a Goo Goo Cluster. A special shout-out goes to Council Member Chris Ladd, who provided us with a stunning array of Tennessee wines that pleased a variety of palates. Honestly, the venue was perfect, the buffet wonderful, the door prizes were excellent and it went off without a hitch. And none of this would have happened were it not for our totally excellent South Region Director Leslie Krensky. She coordinated the perfect party from a thousand miles away. She is, quite simply, the best.

As many of you know, Betty Clark of TML has retired. Betty set the standard for agents in Nashville. When the film and television industries came to town in the early 1980s, she was THE agent. She represented the best talent, and if you wanted to use one of her “kids” for anything, you signed a union contract. She, as much as anyone, is responsible for the fact that there’s a SAG Branch here. The Nashville Branch of the Screen Actors Guild would like to acknowledge Betty Clark with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The inscription reads “For a Lifetime of Achievement, Promoting and Protecting Actors.” Perfect…

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NASHVILLE COUNCIL ELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT

When the nominating period for the 2008 Nashville Branch elections closed, the following members who ran uncontested were declared elected as nominated. Those members who were elected as president, secretary/treasurer and council members at large also were elected as alternate national directors who may be called upon to serve at National Board meetings when the National Board member from Nashville is unavailable to attend. We congratulate these members who will begin their new terms on September 25:

Cece DuBois, National Board member and Vice President

Michael Montgomery, Branch President

Carla Cristina Contreras, Secretary/Treasurer

Angela Fox, Council Member at Large

Bill Foy, Council Member at Large

Chris Ladd, Council Member at Large

David Clyde Carr, Council Member at Large

Evans Donnell, Council Member at Large

Shirley Kassel, Council Member at Large

If you have any questions about the elections process, please contact South Region Executive Julie Balter at (800) SAG-0767, option 5, ext. 222, or via e-mail at jbalter@sag.org.

FILMMAKING ADDS $4.5 MILLION TO MEMPHIS ECONOMY

Memphis has secured its reputation as a location hot spot. The city currently ranks on MovieMaker magazine’s Top Ten List of “Most Film Friendly Cities.” In addition, companies producing movies, TV shows, music videos, industrial films and television commercials spent $4.5 million in the Memphis area during the past year, according to the newspaper The Commercial Appeal. The statistics are cited from a report by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

The Kate Beckinsale headliner, Nothing But the Truth, was ranked most profitable ($3.5 million), followed closely by Soul Men, starring Samuel L. Jackson and the late Bernie Mac, and The Open Road with Jeff Bridges and Justin Timberlake.

The economic infusion should inspire Tennessee legislators to increase statewide film incentives so that we can keep up with packages offered by competing states. For more information about how you can communicate this message with your local legislators, please contact us, as well as organizations such as the Tennessee Association for the Future of Film and Television.

For more information about AFFT and its mission to increase Tennessee production, read on:

SAG and AFFT partner to promote Tennessee Film Employment Opportunities
The Screen Actors Guild Nashville Branch is proud to announce its partnership with The Association for the Future of Film & Television (AFFT). We look forward to supporting AFFT’s mission to increase film production in Tennessee. AFFT’s chief goals are:

1. To affect legislation in the state of Tennessee that benefits the film, television, and video production industries and those associated with those industries.
2. To inform and educate those in the film, television and video production industries about
proposed, active or unsuccessful legislation affecting the industries.
3. To promote the common interests of the industries at the legislative level.

Do not hesitate to contact Screen Actors Guild regarding ways in which you can support the Guild and AFFT with these important initiatives. For further information about AFFT, including how you can obtain an individual membership, go to the AFFT website.

SAG ON THE SCENE AT FALL FILM FESTIVALS

Tennessee members, mark your calendars for two important film festivals:

Indie Memphis
October 9-16

International Black Film Festival of Nashville
October 15-19

Come out to meet South Region staff members, and mingle with producers. A film festival can be a great networking opportunity, not to mention a way of supporting SAG signatories in Tennessee. Look for us at our SAG-sponsored low budget contract workshops and special events across town. See you there!

PRODUCTION UPDATE

The South Region Office distributes a list of all upcoming theatrical and television production in the 12 states in the South Region, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean to members with an e-mail address in the Guild’s database. As a further service to the Nashville Branch membership, here is a list of potential upcoming theatrical and television production in Tennessee and the bordering states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and North Carolina. For the full update, please visit the Branch page and log in as a member.

The Guild has been contacted by the following productions about becoming signatory to one of the Screen Actors Guild collective bargaining agreements. Please be advised that these producers may not have completed the signatory process at this time. It is the responsibility of each member to confirm that each producer has signed the applicable contract before you make an agreement to render services. Failure to confirm the signatory status before rendering services may lead to disciplinary charges being filed against you. If you have any questions, please contact the office at (800) SAG-0767.

Tennessee
Be Not Afraid – Ultra Low Budget
Five Man Productions
Location: Nashville, TN
Start Date: August 30, 2008

Butter Fly – Ultra Low Budget
William Fain
Location: Nashville, TN
Start Date: August 15, 2008

N Secure – Modified Low Budget
N Secure Films, LLC
Location: Memphis, TN
Start Date: September 8, 2008

Tender – Ultra Low Budget
AmeriMotion Pictures
Location: Memphis, TN
Start Date: July 7, 2008

North Carolina
Big Stone Gap – Theatrical
Storefront Pictures, Inc
Location: North Carolina (non-specific)
Start Date: August 1, 2008-May 2009

One Tree Hill (07/08) - Television Series
Warner Bros. Television
Location: North Carolina
Start: To be determined
Casting: Fincannon & Associates

Yard Sale – Ultra Low Budget
Davan Holt
Location: Greensboro, NC
Start Date: August 23, 2008

South Carolina – no upcoming productions to report

Georgia
Addicted – Theatrical
AO Productions I, Inc
Location: Atlanta, GA
Start Date: August 25, 2008

Bull – Ultra Low Budget
Fake Wood Wallpaper, LLC
Location: Atlanta, GA
Start Date: October 13, 2008

Carjacked – Theatrical
Grodfilm Corporation
Location: Atlanta, GA
Start Date: August 18, 2008

Epidemic Chronicles – Ultra Low Budget
Lance Forrest
Location: Atlanta, GA
Start Date: August 10, 2008

Expose – Ultra Low Budget
LBC Productions, LLC
Location: Atlanta, GA
Start Date: August 20, 2008

Falling Up – Ultra Low Budget
Adam Callner
Location: Atlanta, GA
Start Date: To be determined

Love Is Where You Find It – Ultra Low Budget
CSN Productions, Inc
Location: Atlanta, GA
Start Date: October 11, 2008

My Parents, My Sister & Me – CATV
Bright Ideas Entertainment
Location: Atlanta, GA
Start Date: To be determined

Sam's Story – Theatrical
Golden Shadows Entertainment, Ltd
Location: Atlanta, GA
Start Date: October 21, 2008

Tyler Perry's TBA – Theatrical
AO Productions II, Inc
Location: Atlanta, GA.
Start Date: October 6, 2008

iActor: ONE CLICK COULD CHANGE YOUR CAREER

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS AND TRANSFER

The Nashville Branch welcomes the following new members and transfers:

New Members
Gary Levox, Colin McCann, Brandon Raines and Joe Don Rooney

Transfers
Frank L. Casey, J. R. Craig, Brandon Merril-Noe and Dave Moordigian

FOR MEMBERS ONLY: HEADSHOT AND PHOTO DISCOUNTS

Nashville members can now receive discounts on headshots and other photo packages from two local photographers. Please contact the following studios for further information. To take advantage of these savings, just let them know you are a SAG member.

Carla Christina Contreras
(615) 353-7271
www.acelebrityexperience.com

Hatcher & Fell Photography
(615) 255-4420
www.hatcherandfell.com

NOTE: Discounts are administered by entities independent of SAG. Questions about each offer must be handled by the providers. The Guild does not endorse any of these services

NEW 75TH ANNIVERSARY SAG GEAR AVAILABLE

Visit thesagshop.com for the latest in must-have union-made merchandise. Check out the new Screen Actors Guild 75th anniversary items, including T-shirts and polos. Get ready for summer with a new camisole or cap and demonstrate your union pride.

HOW TO CONTACT US

Have a question about contracts, talent agents or your dues status? Need to file a claim? The South Region Office is ready to assist.

Telephone: (800) SAG-0767, option 5
E-mail: lkrensky@sag.org
Fax: (800) 844-5439
Mail: Screen Actors Guild
7300 North Kendall Drive, Suite 620
Miami, FL 33156-7840


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